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Wildflowers: New York Loft Jazz Sessions Complete Box set, Live

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  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Live
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • ASIN: B00004SG7T
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jays - Kalaparusha/Chris White/Jumma Santos
2. New Times - Ken McIntyre/Richard Harper/Andrei Strobert/Andy Vega
3. Over The Rainbow - Sunny Murray/Byard Lancaster/David Murray/Khan Jamal/Fred Hopkins
4. Rainbows - Sam Rivers/Jerome Hunter/Jerry Griffin
5. USO Dance - Henry Threadgill/Fred Hopkins/Steve McCall
6. The Need To Smile - Harold Smith/Byard Lancaster/Art Bennett/Olu Dara/Sonelius Smith/Benny Wilson/Don Moye
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Locomotif No.6 - Leo Smith/Oliver Lake/Anthony Davis/Wes Brown/Paul Maddox/Stanley Crouch
2. Portrait Of Frank Edward Weston - Randy Weston/Alex Blake/Azzedin Weston
3. Clarity 2 - Michael Jackson/Oliver Lake/Fred Hopkins/Phillip Wilson
4. Black Robert - Dave Burrell/Stafford James/Harold White
5. Blue Phase - Ahmed Abdullah/Charles Brackeen/Mashujaa/Leroy Seals/Rickie Evans/Rashied Sinan
6. Short Short - Andrew Cyrille/Ted Daniel/David Ware/Lyle Atkinson
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Disc: 3
1. Push Pull - Jimmy Lyons/Karen Borca/Hayes Burnett/Henry Maxwell Letcher
2. Zaki - Oliver Lake/Michael Jackson/Fred Hopkins/Phillip Wilson
3. Shout Song - David Murray/Olu Dara/Fred Hopkins/Stanley Crouch
4. Something's Cookin' - Sunny Murray/David Murray/Byard Lancaster/Khan Jamal/Fred Hopkins
5. Chant - Roscoe Mitchell/Jerome Cooper/Don Moye

Editorial Reviews

In the mid-1970s, a jazz renaissance blossomed in large New York loft spaces that the musicians had reclaimed from the depressed blocks of the trendy Soho and Noho areas. The Wildflowers sessions, originally released on Douglas on five LPs, captured performances by almost 100 musicians in numerous configurations. The recordings were made over two weekends at the most famed of the lofts, Studio Rivbea, the home and workspace of saxophonist-flutist-composer Sam Rivers and his wife, Beatrice. Rivers orchestrated the lineup, played host to patrons, and performed as well. The sessions featured many figures well-established in New York, including Rivers, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Randy Weston, but they also attracted players from the seedbed of so much African American aesthetic jazz exploration in the 1960s and '70s, Chicago.

In addition, Rivers invited to town some key players from Philadelphia and New Haven; there were several newcomers to New York, too, including, from out West, a very young David Murray. The music all had immediacy and urgency fitting to the aesthetic task at hand--to consolidate the gains of the free-jazz and New Thing movements of the 1960s. Indeed, many of the players remain key figures today in that project: Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, and Leo Smith among them. In addition to their performances, highlights of the package include Rivers's radiant meandering over his composition "Rainbow"; pianist Weston's impassioned homage to his father; and performances by important, but often under-recognized innovators, including saxophonist Ken McIntyre and pianist Dave Burrell. Here is a seminal document in American music. --Peter Monaghan

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ian Muldoon on October 3, 2000
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My critical comment is - go for it. The rest is mainly "gush" and if that's not for you, stop right here. Since 1979 I've had a great affection for this beautiful music, and my love for it came back with a rush on hearing Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Chris White on Electric Bass and Jumma Santos on drums on the opening track on Disc One, a piece by Mr McIntyre called JAYS. But the wonder of these 3CD's which contain the original 5LP's is that the music is completely at one with the evolution of the search for freedom which Afro-Americans had sought throughout the 20th century. It was recorded just post Vietnam, another white man's folly, with Mr Ford in the White House. Up until the 1970's the great artists of that century's most important musical development were celebrated as entertainers (Louis Armstrong) or patronised as upmarket nightclub performers who adopted the titles of European royalty (Duke Ellington). But with Sam and Bea Rivers, among others, the best of the new players (artists) broke free of the commercial imperatives set by record companies, broke free of the musical boundaries set by Tin Pan Alley and the European tempered scale, broke free of musical fashion of the day - fusion, rock, whatever - and played what they felt and thought freely. There was no turning back. Many had shown the way, in their way, including Louis, and Duke, but it was an audacious move to release 5LP's of improvised music featuring no single well known artist instead allowing the young artists themselves to determine the content, and course, and duration of the music. This democratic decision by the producers Sam and Bea Rivers and Alan Douglas of Douglas Records resulted in one of the best live recordings ever, capturing the excitement of the moment with technical fidelity.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Mascara Snake on March 20, 2002
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This set is a great document of the loft scene of the early 70's as well as a good introduction/sample of a lot of the great, but somewhat lesser known players of this music. There are a lot of these guys out there, and most have a lot of recordings, so it could get kind of expensive to go out and buy a ton of Cd's by a bunch of these artists to see what they are/were doing. But, with this set you can spend a little over 20 bucks, and be able to check out what guys like Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Leo Smith, Marion Brown, Randy Weston, Oliver Lake, Byard Lancaster (the list goes on, and on, and on) etc. sound like. All in all, I think it's a great way for someone who is familliar with the major creative forces of this music (Cecil Taylor, Ornette, Sun Ra, Coltrane etc.) to dig in a little deeper and get a good taste of some of the lesser heard (but just as relavent)players without draining your wallet. One more thing I should mention is, if you see the names and think (like I did) that this is just gonna be hours and hours of a crazy, nonstop, OUT THERE blowing fest, you'll be surprised! There is actually a lot of really beautiful, interesting, organic music contained herein (especially on disc 2) as well as a good helping of the more full throttle energy music that you were expecting. It shows you that these musicians knew how to make the most of the instruments, of their bandmates/ensembles, as well as the music the've been given. HIGHLY RECOMENDED FOR THE MONEY!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on November 10, 2002
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There are moments in artistic history where time, place and people all combine to create something unique and almost legendary. You could think of Florence or Venice in Rennaissance painting, the Bloomsbury group in England, the Second Viennese school in 30th century music, the list could go on. This CD documents one such time, though one that has not gotten the coverage outside of jazz circles that it deserves....The 22 tracks on this recording, recorded by some of the biggest names in avant-garde music as well as some who have remained obscure, document this period of intense creative ferment as nothing else does.
This recording, originally released on the Douglas label as a 5 album set, was recorded over a weekend festival in Sam Rivers loft, Studio Rivbea. Many great names are here, Anthony Braxton, Rivers, Jimmy Lyons, Air, Randy Weston, Marion Brown. And many people on this album have disappeared on record...Michael Jackson (no, not that one) gives a terrific performance, yet he remains almost unknown today. Not all of the music on this collection is equally inspired. Some of it wanders, some is less than compelling. But what works is electric. Highlights include the terribly underrecorded Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre doing his composition Jays...avant-garde meets Sly Stone, one of the first really successful applications of Ornette's Prime Time concept. (It's important to remember that, though Prime Time's first album was released in 1977, Ornette had recorded the material several years earlier and had been performing at his own loft frequently.) Sam Rivers is characteristically searing on Rainbows, a marvelous trio performance.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2000
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Perfect real and 100% live jazz session by some master's in business... Just perfect!
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